Bleed From Within’s Craig ‘Goonzi’ Gowans and Steven Jones talk sick riffs, fierce grooves, and how Neural DSP revolutionized their sound

Bleed From Within
Steven Jones [left] and Craig ‘Goonzi’ Gowans getting "heavy and ridiculous" onstage (Image credit: Tom JD Armstrong)

Bleed From Within may very well have gone and just written the album of their career. The Scottish metal quintet have always been capable of delivering thunderous riffs that twist and turn in unexpected ways, though on sixth album Shrine it feels they’ve finally harnessed the full potential of power and groove. 

For founding axeman Craig ‘Goonzi’ Gowans and co-guitarist Steven Jones, the last year or so has been a period of enhanced creative focus and fine-tuning the very elements that got the group noticed early on. 

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Amit Sharma

Amit has been writing for titles like Total GuitarMusicRadar and Guitar World for over a decade and counts Richie Kotzen, Guthrie Govan and Jeff Beck among his primary influences as a guitar player. He's worked for magazines like Kerrang!Metal HammerClassic RockProgRecord CollectorPlanet RockRhythm and Bass Player, as well as newspapers like Metro and The Independent, interviewing everyone from Ozzy Osbourne and Lemmy to Slash and Jimmy Page, and once even traded solos with a member of Slayer on a track released internationally. As a session guitarist, he's played alongside members of Judas Priest and Uriah Heep in London ensemble Metalworks, as well as handled lead guitars for legends like Glen Matlock (Sex Pistols, The Faces) and Stu Hamm (Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, G3).